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Is "to be" optional? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 3:28:27 AM
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Which verb you use depends on whether you consider the collective noun (to be) a single unit or (to be) made up of individuals, and whether you are American or British.

Is "to be" optional?

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Audiendus
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 8:00:21 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Which verb you use depends on whether you consider the collective noun (to be) a single unit or (to be) made up of individuals, and whether you are American or British.


"To be" can be omitted, but I think it is better to leave it in both times. This makes the meaning clear when we switch from a noun ("a single unit") to an adjective ("made up of..."). "A single unit or made up of..." sounds a little awkward.
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